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Aptitude Testing

Your ability to do the job you’ve just applied for is likely to be tested well in advance of you ever finding out whether you’ve been offered the position or not.

Aptitude tests, designed to assess your logical reasoning and thinking abilities, are known to be used by at least 70% of employers as part of their hiring process.

Employers want to be sure they’re making the right hiring decision and the aptitude test is a proven tool used to identify those best equipped to carry out the role on offer.

Aptitude tests can be held either online - in the comfort of your own home, or on paper as an adjunct to an interview.

The tests are strictly timed, consisting of a series of multiple choice questions all designed to gauge your accuracy in numerical, verbal, spatial, mechanical and abstract reasoning.

There are thousands of aptitude tests out there, however some employers may also wish to test candidates further by asking them to give a presentation, produce a sample of work or complete an in-tray exercise relevant to the job criteria.

Unlike personality testing, it is advisable to prepare for aptitude tests by answering similar tests online.

Things to keep in mind if you are due to sit an aptitude test:

  • Ask in advance what type of questions you’re likely to be asked - a phone call to the HR department is acceptable
  • Brush up on basic grammar and mathematical problems – it’s easy to forget the simple things over time
  • Practice on a number of different tests to familiarise yourself with the area
  • Give additional time to areas you are weakest in to help bring up your overall performance
  • Use testing sites and forums to research how best to approach question types and answers
  • Ask for feedback - aptitude tests results are compared to a control group, so find out where exactly you come in

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